Mercedes-Benz will be bringing a refreshed version of its E-Class luxury sedan to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show this January. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers up a restyled exterior, lightly refreshed interior, new safety technology, and a brand new four-cylinder diesel engine.
The E-Class is a standard bearer for the entire Mercedes-Benz brand. Midway between the entry-level C-Class and the much larger and more luxurious S-Class, the E-Class is a just-right sized sedan and wagon with broad appeal. The 2014 model looks to expand upon that with several additions. First is the revised styling, which to our eyes is less distinctive than the previous version, at least in pictures. The single-element headlights, revised flanks, and new front and rear bumpers at the very least distinguish the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class from its predecessors. The changes carry over inside, although here it’s far less dramatic, limited to a few trim and button changes and a new set of gauges.
One of the biggest changes is a new 2.1-liter, turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine. Replacing the previous V-6 diesel, the new engine offers up 190 horsepower and a whopping 369 lb.-ft. of torque; if you think a four-cylinder diesel isn’t luxurious enough for the brand, we’re guessing the low-end grunt of this engine will change your mind. The rest of the engine lineup is carryover, from the 302-hp V-6 in the E350, to the turbocharged 402-hp V-8 in the E550, to the E400′s hybrid powertrain. All engines are connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Technology takes several steps forward as well, literally, as Mercedes-Benz updates its Pre-Safe collision avoidance system to detect pedestrians as well as cars. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class now has cross-traffic assist, which will detect moving traffic as you back up and automatically hit the brakes if need be; the Pre-Safe Plus system will lock the brakes and tighten the belts if it detects an imminent rear end collision; and the Active Lane Keep Assist can now detect oncoming traffic in adjacent lanes, and can even nudge the driver back into the correct lane even if it’s not marked. It even has active high beams, which somehow manage to mask out oncoming cars from the E-Class’s high beams so that they won’t get dazzled by the Benz.
It all sounds pretty cool and high tech, and right at the end, Mercedes-Benz drops another little nugget: There will be a new AMG E-Class at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, with a more powerful V-8 and all-wheel drive. So stay tuned.